Bidwell Park

Bidwell Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. There are two distinct sections to the park - Lower and Upper. Park Maps .
Cedar Grove - Lower Bidwell Park . Off E. 8th Street - The Grove offers picnic tables and barbecues
Caper Acres - Lower Bidwell Park . Chico - A playground for young children
Chico Creek Nature Center - Lower Bidwell Park . 1978 E. 8th Street - The official information and interpretive center for Bidwell Park. Housed within the Center is a non-releasable living animal collection. Picnic Tables . Creek access
One Mile Recreation Area - Lower Bidwell Park . 300 South Park Drive - Picnic Tables . Barbeques . Softball Field . Horseshoe Pits . Swimming
Equestrian Center - Upper Bidwell Park . arena off Wildwood Avenue - Equestrian enthusiasts also enjoy Bidwell Park. Horses are welcome on many of the trails in the park and equestrian events are held at arena.
Horseshoe Lake - Upper Bidwell Park . Chico - Although there is no swimming allowed in Horseshoe Lake, it is the perfect place for a family outing. Kids can try their hand at fishing in the lake. Off-leash area for dogs.
Five Mile Recreation Area - Upper Bidwell Park . 375 Centennial - Picnic tables, barbecues and open space, making it a popular spot for large group gatherings.
Hooker Oak Recreation Area - Upper Bidwell Park . A great place for a baseball game plus two children’s playgrounds and plenty of open space. Operated by the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD).
Bidwell Park Municipal Golf Course - an 18-hole course with a par of 72/73.
Anita Ingrao Observatory - The Chico Community Observatory is a community based observatory open free to the public Friday - Sunday, on clear weather nights, from sunset until park closing.
Additional Chico Parks
Children's Playground - The Esplanade at West First Street - Children's playground with picnic tables and grassy area for playing.
Downtown City Plaza - A variety of community events and concerts are held in the Downtown City Plaza.
Wildwood Park - 100 Wildwood Avenue

Chico Area Recreation & Park District

Sports, Aquatics, Classes, Special Events, After School Programs, Senior Activities, Facility Rentals. The following list of Parks, Swimming Pools and Community Centers are maintained by Chico Area Recreation & Park District - Community Center, 545 Vallombrosa Avenue, Chico 895-471
Community Park - East 20th St. & Whitman Ave. Chico's largest outdoor sports park, its 30 acres provide courts along with ball fields, a large playground, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and lots of space to just sit.
Baroni Neighborhood Park - 31 Baroni Drive . The park features play equipment, a full size basketball court and a large grass area.
DeGarmo Park - 199 Leora Court . The Esplanade & Eaton Road. Softball Fields ~ Enclosed dog park where dogs can run off-leash.
Hooker Oak Park - 1928 Manzanita Ave . Upper Bidwell Park. This is a popular playing field area and is the site of several local softball and baseball leagues, also a favorite spot for kite flying. A nice playground for kids.
Pleasant Valley Pool - 2320 North Avenue. CARD seasonally offers swim lessons, lap Swim and family open swim.
Oak Way Park - 1510 West 8th Ave. Outdoor basketball courts. lighted walking paths, open field space and covered picnic and barbecue areas.
Peterson Neighborhood Park - 300 Danali Drive . 4.5 acre neighborhood park with basketball courts, picnic tables, playground
Rotary Neighborhood Park - 210 West 16th Street. Small Children's playground with 2 picnic tables, barbeque & basketball court.
Skateboarding Park - 359 Humboldt Ave . Only persons using skateboards and skates, including but not limited to roller skates, in-line skates and or roller blades, are allowed on the skateboard track.
Hancock Park - Marigold Ave. and Middletown Ave. This park features a large grass area, winding walking paths and disc golf baskets.

Additional Points of Interest

Teichert Ponds ~ One of Chico’s best kept secrets, Teichert Ponds is a refuge for wildlife, an island of habitat in a sea of urban traffic.
Honey Run Covered Bridge - Honey Run Road - Butte Creek Canyon . Chico - Picnic tables . Barbeques . creek access.
Bidwell Mansion State Historical Park - 525 The Esplanade - Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell.
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park - Park Day Use includes:Indian Fishery - picnicking, bird watching, fishing, hiking. Big Chico Creek, fishing, swimming, water-skiing. Pine Creek - fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, bird and wildlife watching. Irvine Finch River Access - launch ramp for boating, canoeing and floating river. - CA State Parks
Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation - 4995 Durham Pentz Hwy. - Home to a remarkable variety of non-releasable, endangered, and exotic live animals.
Farm Sanctuary- 19080 Newville Road - West of Orland . This 300-acre sanctuary in Orland is home to more than 300 pigs, sheep, cattle, chickens, and other rescued farm animals.
Feather River Fish Hatchery - 5 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville - Feather River Hatchery raises Chinook salmon and steelhead along the Feather River, just below Lake Oroville.
Black Butte Lake Recreation Area - 19225 Newville Road . Orland - This quiet park, surrounded by beautiful, dark volcanic buttes, is well known for fishing, sailing, water skiing and camping.
Lake Oroville Visitor Center - North end of Kelly Ridge Road . Lake Oroville - Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Biking & Equestrian Trails.
Bidwell Canyon Marina - 801 Bidwell Canyon Road . Lake Oroville - Full service gateway to all of the fun and beauty of Lake Oroville
Lake Oroville Marina - 3428 Penz Road . Paradise - House boat rentals.
Forebay Aquatic Center - Open to visitors of all ages, located on the North Thermalito Forebay, along Highway 70, one mile north of Oroville at the west end of Garden Drive.
Feather River Nature Center - City of Oroville . Nature Center.
River Partners - 580 Vallombrosa Ave . Chico - The mission of River Partners is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment. River Partners protects the environment by implementing large scale restoration along streams and rivers.
Sutter Butte Trails - The Yuba Historical Society offers several types of hiking experiences through the Sutter Buttes.
Clay Pit SVRA - Hwy 70, west on Oroville Dam Blvd., 2 miles south on Larkin Road - Thermalito ~ A motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and dune buggy use area and rifle range. - CA State Parks
North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve - Butte County Created by ancient lava (basalt) flows, North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is an elevated basalt mesa with beautiful vistas of spring wildflowers, waterfalls, lava outcrops, and a rare type of vernal pool, called Northern Basalt Flow Vernal Pools.
Butte Creek Canyon ~ The Friends of Butte Creek work to protect, restore and enhance the natural habitats of wildlife in the Butte Creek Watershed.


Lake Oroville - Known as the best Bass lake in CA. ~ Lake Oroville plays host to several bass tournaments throughout the year. But Lake Oroville isn't just for pros. Everybody has a good time fishing here.
Sacramento River - salmon, striped bass, sturgeon and catfish.
Black Butte Lake Recreation Area - Crappie, Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, Green Sunfish - Black Butte is well known throughout California as an excellent warm water fishery, with the best fishing during the spring and early summer. Crappie, largemouth and small mouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, channel catfish, Florida bluegill, and green sunfish are the major game fish.

Hiking, Cycling, Running and Outdoor Activities

Chico Hiking Association ~ We cover the most fetching trails within 2:10 of Chico.
Chico Running Club ~ The Chico Running Club hosts fun runs/walks for members and the Chico community, and organizes foot races for participants from all over California.
Fleet Feet ~ Training that helps you reach your fitness goals, and races that satisfy your competitive spirit.
Chico Corsa Cycling ~ A non-profit, all volunteer bicycle club dedicated to advancing the sport of cycling with riders of all ages, levels, and disciplines by promoting racing, group rides, local events and community involvement in Chico.
Chico Velo Cycling Club ~ Eat, Breathe, Drink, Pedal!
chicocyclist ~ R. A. C. E. Events
Sierra Club/Yahi Group ~ A regional unit of the Sierra Club. The Group organizes hiking and other outdoor activities; it also provides a focused response to environmental issues in the region.
Cross-country skiing ~ Promoting cross-country skiing and touring in our local mountains.

Wildlife Areas and Ecological Preserves

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area - 3207 Rutherford Road . Gridley ~ Gray Lodge's diversity and location along the Pacific Flyway make it a heaven for wildlife. Surrounded by miles of rich agricultural lands, this 9,100-acre area is managed for the wildlife that call Gray Lodge home for all or part of the year..
Butte College Wildlife Refuge - A mosaic of plant communities which provide food, lodging and breeding grounds for a great variety of wildlife and allow abundant resources for our programs in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Biology and other programs Butte College offers.
Genetic Resource & Conservation Center - 2741 Cramer Lane . Chico ~ Self-guiding nature trail: (1 mile loop) meanders through a unique botanical area in Edgar Slough which has remnants of exotic species that were planted when this was a Plant Introduction Center. During normal work hours employees are available to answer questions. Dogs must be leashed. The Center is generally open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. USDA Forest Service
Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve - contains 3,950 acres of diverse canyon and ridge habitats, including 4.5 miles of Big Chico Creek, and is home to many species of plants and animals.
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex - The refuge consists of 10,819 acres primarily of wetlands, with some grasslands and riparian habitats.
Butte Creek Ecological Reserve - The Butte Creek Ecological Preserve and the CSU, Chico Research Foundations Ecological Reserve System work together to preserve critical habitat and to provide a natural area for environmental research and education.

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